Bradley attorney Will Manuel was quoted in Business Insurance on whether a federal appeals court will rule that sexual orientation discrimination is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, following last week’s ruling by the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York. Experts believe a federal appeals court will eventually rule that sexual orientation is protected, which means the issue will ultimately be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a long-awaited ruling, the 2nd Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a case filed under Title VII, but on the basis of gender stereotyping discrimination, not because of sexual orientation discrimination, as some had anticipated.
For now, “every smart plaintiff lawyer in the country ought to come in” and charge sexual stereotyping because the Supreme Court has said this is a valid claim, said Manuel.
The complete article, “Fate of Title VII sexual orientation question may lie with 7th Circuit,” appeared in Business Insurance on April 4, 2017.